With the holiday season almost here I thought it would be useful to share with you a strategy designed to help you make smarter choices about food. The majority of people I speak with already know what healthy eating is, they understand that certain foods are likely to create weight increase. They also know that the issue is how much you eat.
So how come people don’t just change their eating habits?
I have already spoken a little about how we might use food as a coping strategy to deal with emotional issues however sometimes there is a habit aspect to consider too. When you are in a restaurant choosing your food from the menu how do you make your choices?
Connirae Andreas decided to use NLP to model the difference between naturally slim people and those who have weight issues. They noticed some specific differences and from this came up with what they call “the naturally slender eating strategy.”
They noticed that people with weight issues were more likely to focus on the flavours of the food, what looked or smelt good or that they felt drawn to. As I’ve often mentioned in earlier blogs they probably spent more time thinking about the food before it arrived than they did when eating it.
People who are naturally slim are more likely to first check in with their own body and see how they feel. Are they hungry or not etc. When looking at the menu choices they will project their experience into the future, how will that food feel in my stomach? How will I feel later? They will recognise if a food will make them feel bloated later and reject that food. Although they may consider the flavours of the foods they are equally concerned with how they will feel physically after eating the food.
Connirae also discovered that people with weight issues may have become desensitised to how their bodies feel. This led them to explore how people can reconnect with their own responses. By reconnecting to our own responses we will be more likely to notice what foods make us feel good physically rather than being drawn to foods that give us sugar highs. Mindfulness could be one route to making that connection with your own responses.
This blog is intended as an introduction to the slender eating strategy, I recommend you read the entire chapter in the book “Heart of the Mind” by Connirae and Steve Andreas. In this book you will read in full about the steps to the strategy and suggestions on how to re-sensitise your responses. The book is available from NLP specialist http://www.crownhouse.co.uk/
Let me know how you get on.
I’ve editied the original version I published earlier today after Steve Andreas very kindly reminded me that this piece of work was undertaken by Connirae Andreas rather than both of them.